Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD

Dr. John and Consuela Phelan Scholar; Director of Population Neuroscience, Healthy Brain Network; Senior Scientist, Center for the Developing Brain

Child Mind Institute

Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD

Dr. Tomáš Paus is the Dr. John and Consuela Phelan Scholar and Director of Population Neuroscience Research with the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Paus is also Senior Scientist and the Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience at Baycrest hospital in Toronto, Canada, and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a pioneer of an integrated approach to brain health through which knowledge and tools from epidemiology, neuroscience and genetics are combined under an umbrella of population neuroscience. Dr. Paus introduced this concept in his 2010 article “Population Neuroscience: Why and how” and expanded it in the book Population Neuroscience, published by Springer in 2013.

Dr. Paus brings a wealth of international experience and multi-disciplinary expertise to his work. He trained in medicine and physiology in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, and then moved to Montreal, Canada, where he gained expertise in cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging as the first McDonnell-Pew Post-doctoral Fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute. During his 10 years on the MNI faculty, Dr. Paus developed novel approaches to the study of brain connectivity and began a transition of his research program towards population-based studies of brain development. This shift led him to accept a position as the inaugural Director of the Brain & Body Center at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. There he took advantage of a rich tradition in epidemiology and contributed to a number of large-scale studies of the adolescent brain. In 2005, he returned to Canada and embarked on a trans-generational study integrating information about molecules and systems in the human body that are important for brain health.

At the Child Mind Institute since 2015, Dr. Paus works as Senior Scientist in the Center for the Developing Brain in addition to his positions as Director of Population Neuroscience Research and Dr. John and Consuela Phelan Scholar.


  • Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience and Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Canada, 2010-present
  • Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada, 2010-present
  • Director, Brain & Body Centre, University of Nottingham, UK, 2005-2009
  • Professor and Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK, 2005-2009
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2002-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1997-2002
  • Lecturer, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1995-1997


  • McDonnell-Pew Post-doctoral Fellow, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1990-1995


  •  MD, Purkyne University, Brno, Czech Republic
  •  PhD, Human Physiology, Czech Academy of Science, Prague


  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2010
  • Gold Medal of Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 2009
  • President, International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, 2006-2009
  • Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, 2005
  • MNI Killam Scholar, 2002
  • Election, Governing Council of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2001
  • MRC (Canada) Scholarship Award, 1999
  • Election, International Neuropsychology Symposium, 1995


  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping
  • Association for Psychological Science


  • Population Neuroscience, Springer (2013)
  • “Role of the human anterior cingulate cortex in the control of oculomotor, manual, and speech responses: A positron emission tomography study,” Journal of Neurophysiology, 70:453-469 (1993)
  • “Transcranial magnetic stimulation during positron emission tomography: a new method for studying connectivity of the human cerebral cortex,” Journal of Neuroscience, 17:3178-3184 (1997)
  • “Structural maturation of neural pathways in children and adolescents: in vivo study,” Science 283:1908-1911 (1999)
  • “Where motor control, drive and cognition interface,” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2:417-424 (2001)
  • “Mapping brain maturation and cognitive development during adolescence,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences9:60-68 (2005)
  • “Why do many psychiatric disorders emerge during adolescence?” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9:947-57 (2008)
  • “Growth of White Matter in the Adolescent Brain: Role of Testosterone and Androgen Receptor,” Journal of Neuroscience 28:9519-9524 (2008)
  • “Orbitofrontal Cortex and Drug Use during Adolescence: Role of Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Smoking and BDNF Genotype,” Archives of General Psychiatry 66:1244-1252 (2009)
  • “Opioid receptor mu 1 gene, fat intake and obesity in adolescence,” Molecular Psychiatry 19:63-8 (2014)
  • “Global genetic variations predict brain response to faces,” PLoS Genetics 10: e1004523 (2014)
  • “Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center,” Scientific Reports 5:11610. doi: 10.1038/srep11610 (2015)
  • “Impact of early adversity and childhood internalizing symptoms on brain structure in male youths,” JAMA Pediatrics 169:938-46 (2015)
  • “Early cannabis use, polygenic risk score for schizophrenia and brain maturation in adolescence,” JAMA Psychiatry 72:1002-11 (2015)